I’m a sucker for an interesting bottle. This very likely makes me a shallow person and one that is easily taken in by careful marketing. Take this bottole of Delirium Nocturnum from the folks at Brouwerij Huyghe in Belgium. A faux stone bottle with a pink elephant upon it? I never had a chance.
Appearance: A deep hazy brown, akin to a cola, but more opaque. A full head developed with tan coloring. Belgian lacing was there but less than I expected.
Aroma: The malt aroma is strong, but just underneath that is a oak aroma with hints of apple. Typical of Belgian Darks, this aroma is far more complex than that of lagers (or other even other ales). I Love, love, love the smell of this.
Taste: Big on the yeasty malt here, full bodied and strong (although that’s redundant, isn’t it?), with coffee and prunes all swirling around underneath. Then the alcohol hits, giving a nice hot and spicy hit to the the nose.Finish arrives a bit dry, and with a sour apple flavor that makes a brief appearance.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly weak for a Belgian Dark Ale. The complexity of the aroma and taste are not done justice by the average amount of carbonation. The alcohol hit was nice, and is common in Belgian Darks. But there’s no zip here, nothing to make it stand out. It comes across rather surprisingly…ordinary.
Drinkability: This is another great beer taken down a notch by the mouthfeel. Should you search this beer out? Yes, but only just.
That being said, if you ever do make it to Brussels, I highly recommend heading towards Brouwerij Huyghe’s pub called Delirium Café of all things. It’s one of the better beer pubs in Brussels, and they carry many, many different types of beers, with over a hundred on tap alone. Many a weary traveler have found their way there and have spoken of its greatness. It was one of the places I happened to hit during my all to brief stay in Belgium, and can attest to its wonder.
Impasse de la Fidélité 4
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
02 514 44 34